With his IFC TV series Split Screen, creator and host John Pierson gave viewers an all-access pass into the idiosyncratic world of independent cinema. Originally aired in 1997, the magazine-format program highlighted America’s most buzzed about young filmmakers and the communities throughout the country that supported them. Since December, the Criterion Channel has been the exclusive home for Split Screen, debuting six half-hour-long installments on the service every six weeks. Today, we’re going live with the jam-packed fourth season of the show, and among the highlights are a profile of legendary character actor Lawrence Tierney, a rare 1970 short protest film, a poolside conversation with David O. Russell, and an encounter with the real Mr. Moviefone. In the clip above, excerpted from the fifth episode of the season, Pierson introduces us to the man behind that bygone telephone service's infamous voice: cofounder Russ Leatherman.
A Swoon-Worthy Tribute to a Great Hollywood Romanticist
Critic Farran Smith Nehme introduces the underappreciated films of Frank Borzage, one of golden-age Hollywood’s underrated masters of melodrama.
In the Shadow of the Dictator: A Conversation with George Sikharulidze
In his short film Fatherland, the Georgian director pays a visit to Stalin’s birthplace to explore the townspeople’s nostalgia for their long-departed leader.